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Post-traumatic stress

01/21/2009

Question:

i have a friend who was raped and is now going threw post termatic stress and depresion what can i do as a friend to help. thank you

Answer:

It is sad to learn about your friend's situation. What you can do is listen, provide support, and offer referral to a local rape crisis center. The links below can provide you with a place to start for referrals and online help.

If your friend has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I recommend a psychiatric evaluation.

Related Resources:

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
Women Against Violence

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Response by:

Stephen F Pariser, MD Stephen F Pariser, MD
Faculty Emeritus
Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University